An octopus who had predicted all three of Japan’s group stage results at the World Cup has been turned into seafood.
Rabiot, a giant Pacific octopus, correctly tipped the result of Japan’s games against Colombia, Poland and Senegal, but will not have the chance to predict the team’s results in the knockout stages.
Despite his 100 per cent record so far Rabiot, who was caught in Obira, Hokkaido, was gutted and sent to the market to be sold for food, Sora News 24 reported.
Rabiot followed the lead of his psychic predecessor Paul the Octopus, who became an unexpected star of the 2010 World Cup with a series of correct calls.
Rabiot made his predictions by swimming in a paddling pool and shuffling towards one of three baskets labelled with Japan, their opponent and a draw.
The octopus guessed right every time, predicting that his side would beat Colombia in their opener and draw with Senegal in their second Group H fixture.
He also predicted correctly that Japan would lose to Poland in their final match, but they qualified anyway thanks to Colombia’s victory over Senegal.
Social media users shared a picture of an octopus hanging up at a market although it was not clear if the image showed Rabiot himself.
Fisherman Kimio Abe, 51, reportedly felt his business was more important than keeping the octopus alive – but said he was happy it had called the three group games correctly.
He said: ‘I hope that the second Rabiot will also give all the outcomes correctly and that Japan will go all the way.’